Nova Scotia-made Programs Win Gemini Awards
Nova Scotia Film Development Corp. (to Nov. 2007)
December 15, 2004 3:09 PM
The annual Gemini Awards once again have given the nod to Nova
Scotia talent by recognizing this province's consistent output of
high-calibre television programs.
"The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is incredibly proud
of the performance of so many of our locally produced television
programs on the national stage," said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the
film corporation. "Nova Scotia has so many talented filmmakers,
and it is gratifying to see them receive this well-deserved
recognition of their accomplishments."
This week's 19th annual awards ceremony lavished five awards on
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion. The dramatic depiction of
the 1917 catastrophe earned awards for Best Costume Design, Best
Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, Best Visual Effects,
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a
Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, and Best Sound in a Dramatic
Top comedy honours went to the boys from the trailer park in
Dartmouth. For the first time, Trailer Park Boys took the award
for Best Comedy Program or Series.
The program Men of the Deeps won three awards: Best Sound in a
Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series, Best
Photography in a Documentary Program or Series, and Best
Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or
Wayne Grigsby of the Chester-based production company Big Motion
Pictures earned the Margaret Collier Award, an acknowledgment by
the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television of Mr. Grigsby's
exceptional body of work and contribution to Canadian television.
His successes include the drama series North of 60 -- which ran
for six seasons on CBC -- the locally filmed series Black Harbour
and, most recently, the Trudeau mini-series and its soon-to-be-
aired prequel. Catherine Disher also took home an award for her
work on Mr. Grigsby's series Snakes and Ladders. Ms. Disher
earned the Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading
Dramatic Role category.
Pete Luckett picked up the award for Best Host in a
Lifestyle/General Interest or Talk Program or Series for his work
on The Food Hunter. Local actress Ellen Page got the nod for Best
Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her
work in Mrs. Ashboro's Cat. The final season of Made in Canada
garnered two awards -- Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy
Program or Series and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program
or Series. Poko won for Best Pre-School Program or Series. This
Hour Has 22 Minutes took top honours for the Best Individual
Performance in a Comedy Program or Series. And the East Coast
Music Awards scored a hit with the award for Best Direction in a
Variety Program or Series.
The Gemini Awards, begun in 1986, celebrate excellence in
English-language television in Canada. The awards' ceremony airs
annually on the CBC.
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The annual Gemini Awards have, once again, given the nod to
Nova Scotia talent by recognizing the province's consistent
output of high-calibre television programs.
Shattered City, the story of the Halifax Explosion, earned
five awards while Trailer Park Boys took home top comedy honours
during the awards show earlier this week.
Still more awards went to Men of the Deeps, Snakes and
Ladders, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, Pete Luckett
Wayne Grigsby of Chester was recognized for his impressive
work, including North of 60, Black Harbour and the Trudeau mini-
Ann MacKenzie, head of Nova Scotia's Film Development
Corporation, says the honours recognize the province's deep
talent pool and exceptional creativity.
The Gemini Awards celebrate excellence in English-language
television in Canada.
Contact: Ann MacKenzie
Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation
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